CMN 3105: Lecture #4 Sept 17 2013
The Power of Rhetoric
Democracy is form society may take distributive rule in the allocation of power.
Democracy= result of allocation rule that will give each citizen an equal amount of rule .
Understanding of the specific features of politics as a field. The place of conflict as the ultimate possibility of
Politics as a power/powerless and historical democracy.
Analysis of the relationship btwn rhetoric and democracy
Greek model of democracy
Middle of the 5thth century BC
Model case study
Those city states(polis)
Political system that allows the citizens to participate in political decision making or elect reps to
Rule by the ppl = meaning of democracy
Ancient Athens 2500 yrs ago where small units of (male and free) citizens debated openly on the public
Women, slaves, aliens were excluded.
Democracy is understand as a struggle over power.
Incumbent democracy justificatory, legitimizing idea
Demokratia conjoins kratos a term for power and demos for people
Power struggles the ways to convey political communication as to bring together the citizens play a crucial
Rhetoric is the art of persuasive discourse
The aim of rhetoric is to persuade to convince to change your political opinion
Rhetoric is about the form that the discourse ahs to take in order to reach its aim to convince the audience Distinguishes the message which the author seeks to convey and the form in which the message its cast
Democracy is a rule of attribution of power it is relational
Emotional connection needs to be made and we recall from the Greeks how Demosthenes convinces the
Agora of the need to attacking an enemy. Demosthenes speaks on 18 on the crown is the liveliest and
most original piece of primary political rhetoric surviving from Athens
Was the architect of the policy of resistance to Phillip of Macedon that culminated in the defeat of Athenian
and allied Greek forces.
330 before a large Athenian court and spectators, Demosthenes delivered the speech to save both his
political career and his life.
The prosecutor and opponent in the case was Aeschine
1. succeeds n having the audiences of judges and crowd informally but effectively convict Aeschines of
being a traitor he was the enemy, he was a traitor.
2. Demostehens argues that the Athenians has no choice but to resist Phillip and fight at Chaeronea
regardless of the outcome. Heroism in Greek culture was highly regarded. Even if the outcome had been
known in advance, Demosthenes policy was still the only one in which Athenians could adopt. The claim is
based on the Athenians ineluctable identity and heritage as the defenders of Greek freedom against
barbarian tyranny .
3. No all you gods may none of you grant their wish. Best would be to inspire better thoughts and intenti